Ceramic production from Monte da Pata 1 and Castelo das Juntas Late Iron Age sites (Guadiana Basin, Portugal): some archaeometric results

M. I. Dias, M. I. Prudencio, Francisco Rocha, Ana Jorge, A. C. Ramos, J. Albergaria, S. Melro

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Abstract

Within the Alqueva dam impact project (Guadiana basin, Portugal) an archaeometric approach has been done to several sites of various chronologies. This work presents results obtained for the chemical and mineralogical characterization of ceramics of two sites belonging to an Iron Age settlement network – Monte da Pata 1 (third-second century BC) and Castelo das Juntas (fourth-first century BC). Also potential local/regional raw materials were analysed. Ceramics from M. Pata 1 generally points to a local/regional production both the coarse ware (“local tradition”) and the grey ware. In the first
case exists a better correlation with clays resulting from the weathering of schists, located closer to the site, and grey wares are more related with
more basic rocks. Results obtained for ceramics from C. Juntas also indicates a local/regional production, especially clay materials resulting from the weathering of schists, also located very close to the site; in addition some pots point to the use of clays resulting from weathered basic rocks, such as diorites, gabbros and quartz-diorites. Thus, a continuity in ceramic production within the so called “local/regional pottery tradition”, both spatially and chronologically occurred.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding people through their pottery
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03)
EditorsMaria Isabel Prudêncio, Maria Isabel Dias, J. C. Waerenborgh
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
PublisherInstituto Português de Arqueologia
Pages51-59
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)972-8662254
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Event7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 27 Oct 200331 Oct 2003

Publication series

NameTrabalhos de Arqueologia
PublisherInstituto Português de Arqueologia
Volume42

Conference

Conference7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03)
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period27/10/0331/10/03

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